Nissan has just released information on the gasoline power plant slated for the previously announced all-new Titan and Titan XD full-size pickup trucks. A new 5.6L Endurance V8 gasoline engine will be available on Titan models early in 2016, It will be assembled in Decherd, Tennessee and will feature four-valves per cylinder, Variable Valve Event & Lift and Direct Injection and is rated at 390 horsepower at 5,800 rpm and 401 lb-ft of torque at 4,000 rpm according to Nissan.
The gasoline-powered engine joins the all-new Cummins 5.0L V8 Turbo Diesel to round out the engine offerings for the all-new Nissan XD full-size pickup, which stakes out a unique position in the segment between traditional heavy-duty and light-duty entries, says Nissan. The bold new design combines the capabilities of a heavy-duty hauler with the drivability and affordability of a light-duty pickup.
“With this new engine, Nissan TITAN XD customers will have the opportunity to make the choice that is best for their towing and hauling needs – either the all-new Endurance V8 or the Cummins® diesel – two offerings that you won’t find on any other truck on the market today,” said Rich Miller, chief product specialist, TITAN, Nissan North America, Inc. “It’s going to be a tough decision for TITAN XD customers between these two very durable, capable engines.”
This 5.6L engine is completely new even though it shares the same displacement as the earlier generation V8, according to Nissan. The new engine features 390 horsepower (up from 317) and 401 lb.-ft. of torque (up from 385), along with Nissan’s advanced VVEL (Variable Valve Event & Lift) technology, which combines hydraulic-controlled variable valve timing and electronically controlled variable valve lift on the intake and exhaust sides to provide high performance and crisp response. Throttle response is enhanced by directly controlling the intake valve, rather than using the traditional method of controlling intake with a throttle valve, and valve timing and opening with non-variable camshafts.
The new engine also features Direct Injection Gas (DIG) technology, which provides better wide-open throttle performance and improved fuel economy and emissions performance (versus a non-direct-injection system) by reducing engine knock, improving combustion stability and
offering precise injection control. An 11.2:1 compression ratio is provided by a new piston design, aiding overall engine efficiency and performance (previous Titan: 9.8:1) and a Multi Control Valve (MCV) assists in managing the engine’s thermal efficiency better than a traditional thermostat.
TITAN XD models equipped with the Endurance V8 engine will be outfitted with a new 7-speed automatic transmission, which features Adaptive Shift Control and Downshift Rev Matching.
More information and performance data on the Endurance V8 and 7-speed automatic will be available closer to its early spring 2016 on-sale date.
The all-new 2016 Nissan TITAN XD full-size pickup is already garnering recognition – most recently named one of three finalists for the prestigious 2016 North American Truck/Utility of the Year (NATOY) to be named in January 2016.
Earlier, in October, the Texas Auto Writers Association (TAWA) awarded it their coveted “Truck of Texas” at their annual 2015 Texas Truck Rodeo, which puts the industry’s best trucks, SUVs and CUVs through a grueling two-day evaluation at the historic Knibbe Ranch in Spring Branch, Texas.
In addition to the competition’s top Truck of Texas award, the new TITAN XD won three other honors – being names as the Luxury Pickup Truck of Texas, Off- Road Pickup Truck of Texas and Best Powertrain for its available all-new Cummins 5.0L V8 Turbo Diesel engine.
The Cummins 5.0L V8 Turbo Diesel engine delivers 310 horsepower with 555 lb.-ft. of torque and is mated to an Aisin heavy duty 6-speed automatic transmission. When properly equipped the new Titan XD Turbo Diesel will tow up to 12,314 pounds with haul capacity right at 2,000 pounds.
The new TITAN XD’s features a long list of available innovations and technologies that include an Integrated Trailer Brake Controller, Trailer Sway Control (TSC), Tow/Haul Mode with Downhill Speed Control and a Trailer Light Check system that allows one-person hook-up operation – including checking turn signals, brake lights and running/clearance lights.
Assisting trailer hook-ups is a RearView Monitor with Trailer Guides. TITAN XD also offers an available Around View Monitor (AVM), to provide a unique ‘bird’s eye’ view of the surrounding area to help with parking and pulling in and out of tight spaces. The system includes Moving Object Detection (MOD). Two trailer hitches are available, including an integrated gooseneck hitch engineered into the frame and easily accessible in the bed.
The TITAN XD Crew Cab is offered in five grade levels: S, SV, SL, Platinum Reserve and the sporty PRO-4X grade with standard off-road features such as 18-inch aluminum-alloy wheels with all-terrain off- road tires, Bilstein off-road shock absorbers, electronic locking rear differential and skid plates. At the top of the line, the TITAN XD Platinum Reserve grade features premium leather-appointed heated seating, dark chrome exterior trim, two-tone paint treatment, leather-wrapped steering wheel with wood insert, 20-inch dark chrome aluminum-alloy wheels and more.
Following the launch of the 2016 TITAN XD Crew Cab Diesel in December, the new TITAN will be offered in three cab configurations, two frame sizes, three power train offerings and five grade levels. More information on the full lineup and availability will be provided at a later date.